Current Visiting Fellows in Residence
Christa Velasquez is a visiting fellow with the Initiative for Responsible Investment working on the integration of industry networks More for Mission and the PRI Makers Network, impact investing advocacy and policy, and the development of social impact bonds. For the past nine years Velasquez was the director of social investments at the Annie E. Casey Foundation where she was responsible for managing the foundation’s $125 million social investment fund. In addition to the investment portfolio, she helped develop the impact investing field and was a co- founder of the More for Mission Campaign and the PRI Makers Network. Prior to joining the Foundation, she spent six years at the consulting firm Brody-Weiser-Burns, specializing in social investing, community development finance and business planning for social enterprises. She received a BA in Latin American studies from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Jay Youngdahl is a visiting fellow with the Initiative for Responsible Investment and a partner in the Houston-based law firm, Youngdahl & Citti, P.C. For over thirty years he has served as fund counsel to a number of Taft-Hartley employee benefit funds, and is retained to provide expert legal opinions to public and private funds. Since 2007 he has served as an independent trustee of the Middletown Works Hourly and Salaried Union Health Care Fund (VEBA). Youngdahl has written a number of pieces on the issue of responsible investment and the role of trustees in such efforts. Presently, he is active with the IRI’s Trustee Leadership Forum for Retirement Security. He is a fellow with the College of Labor and Employment Law and holds a BS from the University of Houston, a JD from the University of Texas at Austin, an MA from St. John’s College, and a MDiv from Harvard University.